ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP(R) AND FOX SPORTS ANNOUNCE 2013 UFC(R) ON FOX NETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Plus, Highlights from FX and FUEL TV and Pay-Per-View Schedule, including JONES vs. SONNEN, a Championship Fight at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Las Vegas, Nev. - The Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) (UFC(R)) and FOX Sports gear up for an exciting new year of UFC coverage by unveiling the 2013 UFC(R) on FOX broadcast schedule featuring four live events on FOX. Next year, UFC(R) on FOX kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the United Center in Chicago, with additional events planned on April 20, July 27 and Dec. 14.
Other highlights from the 2013 FX, FUEL TV and Pay-Per-View schedule include UFC(R): JONES vs. SONNEN, which will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, April 27. Charismatic star Chael Sonnen will get a shot at UFC champion Jon Jones' light heavyweight title on April 27 after the two serve as coaches opposite each other on Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter(R), which will debut in January 2013 on FX.
"2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for the UFC and we can't wait to bring more great fights to FOX!" said UFC President Dana White. "We're going to continue to take the UFC all over the world putting on the biggest and best fights. FOX is an amazing broadcast partner and we're going to do some big things next year."
UFC 2013 Schedule Highlights:
Date Location Event
Saturday, Jan. 19 Brazil UFC on FX: BELFORT vs. BISPING
Saturday, Jan. 26 United Center, Chicago, Ill. UFC on FOX
Saturday, Feb. 2 Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev. UFC 156: ALDO vs. EDGAR**
Saturday, Feb. 16 International Event UFC on FUEL TV
Saturday, April 20 City to be announced UFC on FOX
Saturday, April 27 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. UFC: JONES vs. SONNEN**
Saturday, July 27 City to be announced UFC on FOX
Saturday, Dec. 14 City to be announced UFC on FOX
*Please note this is not the full 2013 schedule. Additional FX, FUEL TV and Pay-Per-View events and on-sale dates will be announced at a later time. For more information, visit www.ufc.com/schedule.
**Live on Pay-Per-View
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox's 20 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FUEL TV; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FSMG also encompasses FOX Sports Interactive Media, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, Whatifsports.com Scout.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are Fox's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network and FOX Sports Skybox restaurants.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R)
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can't-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC(R) is the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter(R), which now airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed(R) video game franchise distributed by THQ, and a new franchise in development with EA, UFC GYM(R), UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo(R) festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.